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Five ways to choose the perfect coffee table

Flamant creates a comprehensive guide that will ensure you match the right table to the right space

Your coffee table is often literally the central item in your living room. Any piece of furniture in such a focal position should really reflect who you are and how you live. And then there are the multi-purpose side tables you use throughout your home: they too should blend in with the rest of your interior. Here are five key aspects to look out for:

1. Size
Match the size of your coffee table and side tables to your other furniture. Your coffee table should be slightly lower than your sofa and about two thirds the length. Make sure there’s enough room to walk around your coffee table; otherwise your interior will feel cramped.

2. Shape
Round, square or rectangular? The shape of your coffee table or side tables has an impact on the atmosphere in the room. For example, rounded shapes create a softer, more inviting effect and are safer for children. Square coffee tables work well in large rooms, while rectangular ones are better for smaller rooms.

3. Function
Many coffee tables and side tables offer convenient storage space. They’re not just surfaces to put down drinks, food or books on, but also storage solutions for things you'd rather not leave lying around. Then again, if you already have plenty of cupboard space, you can opt for an eye-catching design and make it a very decorative item.

4. Materials
For a small room, your safest bet is a glass table, as it makes the room optically larger. Are you looking for a coffee table to fill a large space? Then wood is your best choice, providing an instant warm and cosy effect. If you want to move your side tables around a lot, for instance when you have guests over, choose lightweight materials.

5. Style
Whether you choose one coffee table or several smaller tables that slide into one another, make sure they fit your lifestyle and your interior. At Flamant you will find sculptural and eye-catching pieces as well as more functional or more classic ones. Remember that side tables are useful throughout the house: as a bedside table, as a serving table in the dining room, and even in the bathroom.

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